Agriculture Beyond Food & Feed.
Dr. Surgeoner and AGCare played a critical role in the Food Systems 2000 program of the Government of Ontario, by which pesticide usage in Ontario agriculture was reduced by 50% over a 15-year period.
Bio: After completing his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1971, Dr. Surgeoner went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Economic Entomology in 1973, also from Guelph and a PhD in Forest Entomology in 1976 from Michigan State University. Dr. Surgeoner became an esteemed professor at the University of Guelph in Environmental Biology and Plant Agriculture, where he remained on faculty until his retirement in 2004. As a professor, Dr. Surgeoner was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award of the Ontario Agricultural College Alumni Association in 1989. Five years later, he was also awarded the T.R. Hilliard Award, which is presented to an individual who has made a notable contribution to agricultural extension in the Province of Ontario.
Dr. Surgeoner has served on a number of biotechnology boards including the Biotech Council of Ontario, the Ontario Bio Auto Council, the Bio Industrial Innovation Center in Sarnia, the R & D Challenge Fund, the Biotech Human Resource Council and Sentinel Bioactive Paper to name a few. He has received numerous awards including the Award for Contribution to Advancing the Benefits of Biotech for Canadians in 2002; the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award in 2002; the Order of Ontario in 2005; the U of G Alumnus of Honour Award in 2007; the Life Sciences Ontario Community Service Award in 2011; and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award in 2002 and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012.